The long-awaited return of professional hockey to the Gulf Coast region takes another important step today with Mississippi Sea Wolves reporting this morning for team physicals. Around lunchtime, the team with board a bus enroute for Beaumont, TX for Friday's start of the 2007 Sea Wolves training camp.
Tri-City Americans 2 @ Prince George Cougars 5
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
The Cougars got revenge on the Americans by winning the second of a back-to-back set in Prince George. The victory was their first of the year after four losses. Tyrell has six points (two goals) in three games since returning from the Norfolk Admirals' AHL camp.
Spokane Chiefs 0 @ Everett Silvertips 4
D Dane Crowley, EVT: Did Not Play
Everett won their first game of the season, and like Prince George, the win came after four losses. Crowley did not play as he was in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan due to a death in the family. The Tips released one of their six overagers yesterday, but that still leaves five fighting for three allowed spots. Crowley is one of those five remaining.
Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Fadden saw his five game point streak to start the season come to an end. Lethbridge outshot the Broncos 28-19.
Tri-City Americans 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM
Tyrell tied for the teamâ€™s worst plus/minus rating at minus-4, but the Prince George Citizen called Tyrell the Cougars' unquestioned leader during the game, continually taking pucks to the net. Dana Tyrellâ€™s younger brother, Corey, scored his second goal of the season in the loss for Prince George. Traverse City Lightning free agent Colton Yellow Horn had a goal, an assist, was a plus-3, and was named Third Star for Tri-City.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 5-4 overtime loss to Magnitogorsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Omsk's 4-1 thumping of Togliatti.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 4-0 loss to Ufa.
Lulea got their first win of the season today defeating Sodertalje 2-0. Lightning prospect Johan Harju had 2 penalty minutes in the game, a roughing minor gained in a four man altercation which involved former Lightning player Kristian Kudroc. The young forward played third line center in the game.
Andreas Holmqvist scored a power play goal on a two man advantage in Frolunda's 4-1 win over Linkopings.
Norfolk has posted their current roster of 28 players remaining in Admirals camp. The roster obviously does not include forward Mathieu Darche who remains in Tampa Bay. Four non-contract tryout players remain on the roster: defenseman Brett Angel, and forwards Rob Klinkhammer, Justin Taylor, and Shawn Collymore.
I suppose Morgan Cey is technically a non-contract tryout player as well.
According to the blog of Damian Crisdotero, who could hardly mask his enthusiasm for Matt Smaby making the team (and yes, that was sarcasm), the Lightning have made their final decision regarding their defensemen and both Matt Smaby and Mike Lundin have made the team. In addition, Crisdotero speculates Smaby and Lundin have passed Doug Janik on the depth chart and suggests the reason the Lightning did not re-assign Janik to Norfolk of the AHL was because the organization feared losing Janik on waivers (and it is a very good assumption they would have).
Another triumph for the allegedly broken down Lightning prospect system.
According to tampabaylightning.com, forward Kyle Wanvig and defenseman Bryce Lampman have been assigned to AHL Norfolk after clearing waivers. Winger Mathieu Darche also cleared waivers today, but he will remain with the Lightning as Tampa Bay's Andreas Karlsson is day-to-day with an abdominal injury.